Ballet is the foundation of all forms of dance. It’s an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements and the use of pointe shoes. A typical ballet class will start at the barre with a series of exercises given by the class teacher. The exercises typically start slow and progress in speed and difficulty with each exercise done on both the left and right “sides” of the barre. Once the barre exercises are complete, a teacher will call the dancers into the center and continue the class with exercises done away from the barre. These exercises typically have more movement to them since they aren’t restricted by holding on to a stationary barre. Center exercises can include an adagio, reverence, and jump combinations including small, medium and big jumps. Typically, dancers will go across the floor working on turns, leaps, progressions and a grande allegro.
- Black leotard
- Pink tights
- Pink ballet shoes
- Hair in bun
- Skirts, leg warmers, and tutus only allowed in classes for ages 2-5